Courtesy: Philip Rogers
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Your Essential Magnificence

Austin, Texas

James Edward Talbot (

South Congress Avenue Streetscape, 2204 S. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, 78704
Owner:  City of Austin Art in Public Places Collection
Date:  2011
Placement:  median strips
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  cement products, tile, glass (material)
Description:  This tile-clad ferro-cement sculpture was commissioned as part of a Congress Avenue corridor improvement project. Imbedded inside are mementos the artist collected from iconic South Austin locations, including the Broken Spoke, the Armadillo World Headquarters, and the Cathedral of Junk. The artist’s stated goal was to make “a colorful, bold, eclectic, tactile, and ‘weird’ icon in the finest South Austin tradition.” This work was selected for the Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network, Year in Review, 2011.

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